Mr. Kao Shin Ping served as the Executive Chairman of San Teh Group in Asia, Chairman of San Teh Xing (Xiamen) Trade Co., Ltd, Executive Director of Xiamen Taiwan Business Association, Director of Longyan Association for Taiwanese Investors and a member of Honorary Board of Directors of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. Mr. Kao dedicated all his life to philanthropy, putting his heart and soul into doing charity for the society. His philanthropic contributions spread across China, Taiwan and Singapore, helping millions of the less privileged.
Mr. Kao holds an Engineering degree from Tamkang University in Taiwan and graduated in 1967. He was the first Taiwanese business man who dared to venture into China. He also received the "Best Entrepreneur Award" personally from then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, in 1992. Mr. Kao believed that charity should co-exist with the enterprise. In other words, charity work has to be carried out concurrently with the business. He also believed that charity starts from home. Mr. Kao also used the "San Teh" values to guide him in his business and life decisions.
Serena Kao is the daughter of Mr. Kao Shin Ping, the former Chairman of San Teh Group. She is an experienced banker and the current chairwoman of San Teh Foundation. San Teh Group was founded by Mr. Kao Shin Ping. The group has businesses across China, Singapore and Taiwan in industries such as cement, conductive rubber, electronics, food, hotel and real estate. In 1991, San Teh Group was listed on Singapore's stock exchange market.
Miss Kao holds a Master of Business Administration and Public Administration degree (MBA/MPA) from University of Southern California. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Claremont Colleges Pitzer and Claremont McKenna with a Bachelors of Arts degree in both Economics and Accounting. Her previous banking experience included stints at Bank of America in USA, Merrill Lynch USA in Seattle and Prime Invest Development Limited in Hong Kong. In 2011, Miss Kao decided to dedicate most of her time to her family's philanthropy work. She has also started a social network incubator, GoPurpose, to spread positivity and encourage others to do good.
Mr Mike Kao Chuan Trong was born in Taiwan, grew up in Singapore and studied in the United States. He is the only Asian that has his name engraved on MacArthur Statue in Army and Navy Academy, California, U.S.A. He graduated as the top student in Military Discipline Training and was nominated to attend West Point, the United States Military Academy. However, he decided to join the “Ducks” at University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.
After he took over the family business from his father, Mr Kao Shin Ping, Mr Mike Kao also actively involves himself in social community activities and philanthropic works started by his father.
Currently he is holding the following positions: Managing Director, San Teh Ltd. (Singapore), Deputy General Manager, San Teh(China) Cement Co.,Ltd, Member, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Longyan city in China, Committee Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI), Committee Member Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN), Committee Member in Board of Directors, Gao Clan in Singapore.
Mr. Kao’s family came from Anxi, Fujian Province, China. He was born in Taiwan. Shawn Kao grew up in Singapore as his father, Mr Kao Shin Ping migrated there for family business since he was young. He went to Army and Navy Academy Boarding School in California, U.S.A and obtained his Business Administration Degree from Fullerton University. He joined San Teh Co.,Ltd. one year after his graduation. In order to deepen the knowledge of hotel management and services business, he went to Switzerland for his MBA and Master degree in Hotel Management in 2009 from Hotel and Tourism Management Institute (HTMi), Switzerland.
Currently,he is holding the following positions: Chairman, San Teh Ltd.(Singapore) & Shanghai San Teh Xing Group (China), Chairman & Managing Director, Shanghai San Teh Xing Real Estate Co.,Ltd, Chairman & Managing Director, Nantong San Teh Hotel Co.,Ltd, Chairman & Managing Director, Suzhou San Teh Hotel Co.,Ltd, Chairman,San Teh Pipes & Fittings Industry (Nantong) Co.,Ltd.
In addition, Mr. Shawn Kao actively involves himself in trade associations. He took up the leadership positions of Vice President at the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce in 2004, providing assistance to those who are interested in running businesses in China and promoting investment in China. Mr. Kao is also keen on doing philanthropic works. He and his wife, Mdm Li Sixuan, have been focusing particularly on helping disadvantaged children and provide education for minorities. They have made donations for children with disabilities, set up scholarships for disadvantaged students, funded financially-challenged students from minority groups and provided food for elderly without any support from families.
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